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Parking Regulations

  1. Any student, faculty or staff member, or other person with University business who wishes to regularly park a motor vehicle on property owned or controlled by the University must purchase a University of Louisville parking permit. The purchase of a permit does not guarantee a parking space. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of a regulation.
  2. The type of permit determines parking privileges. Areas for parking are indicated on the University maps included with these regulations and in the parking areas by signs. In all cases of conflict, signs and markings should be presumed to be correct and will take precedence over any conflicting parking map designation. All areas not specifically designated for parking shall be considered "No Parking" zones.
    • Red permits allow parking in the assigned red space before 5pm and in Blue, Green, Purple  and Purple Plus areas after 4:15pm. Parking may occur in Blue, Green and Purple prior to 4:15pm as long  as it is not in close proximity to the reserved space.
    • Blue permits allow parking in Blue, Green, Purple Plus and Purple designated areas. Parking may also occur in Red after 5:00pm.
    • Yellow permits allow parking in yellow areas designated by their zones (A, B,C). Yellow permit holders are never permitted to park in a Yellow zone not designated on their permit. All Yellow zone permits allow parking in Purple, Purple Plus and Green parking except in the Floyd Street Garage. After 4:15pm daily, Yellow permits may park in Blue and Green including the Floyd Street Garage and in Red after 5:00pm. 
    • Green permits allow parking in Green, Purple Plus and Purple areas from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, in Blue after 4:15 p.m. and in Red after 5:00 p.m. daily.
    • Purple Plus permits allow parking in the "S" Papa John's Cardinal Stadium lot as well as the Purple lots. After 4:15pm Purple Plus permits may park in Blue and Green and in Red after 5:00pm. When classes are not in session, and the #94 shuttle does not operate, Purple Plus permits allow parking in Green areas before 4:15pm.
    • Purple permits allow parking at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. After 4:15 p.m., Purple permits may park in Blue and Green and in Red after 5:00pm. When classes are not in session and the #94 shuttle does not operate, Purple permits allow parking in green areas before 4:15 p.m.
    • Chestnut Garage, 620 HSC Garage and Jewish Hospital Garage permits require parking in their respective garage before 5:00pm and allow parking in Blue, Green, Purple Plus and Purple areas on Belknap campus.
  3. Belknap permit holders may park at the HSC in spaces designated for Belknap permit holders located on Madison Street adjacent to the 620 HSC Garage and  behind the Chestnut Street Garage accessed from Jackson or Preston Streets.
  4. HSC permit holders may park at Belknap Campus in spaces designated for HSC permit holders only located on 1st Street adjacent to the School of Music and behind the Speed Engineering School in the Blue designation adjacent to the Intramural Field.
  5. Evening Parking
    A vehicle displaying a Green, Yellow, Purple Plus or Purple permit may park in Blue or Green areas after 4:15 p.m.; and in Red areas after 5:00 p.m.
  6. University parking rules and regulations are in effect all year (including periods when classes are not in session, i.e. Christmas and Spring breaks).
  7. It is not possible to mark with signs or paint all areas where parking is prohibited. However, the following guidelines will be strictly enforced. It is prohibited to park:
    • without displaying a valid permit. One citation may be excused per academic year for valid permit holders who fail to display a permit when legally parked;
    • in reserved spaces without a proper permit;
    • in "No Parking" areas;
    • in a handicapped space without a proper University permit 24/7; state handicapped permits are permissible in University handicap spaces between 7:30pm-7:30am;
    • blocking handicap access;
    • blocking fire lanes, fire exits or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant;
    • blocking doorways or dumpsters;
    • longer than 20 minutes in loading zones unless permit states otherwise, flashers must be on in loading zones;
    • over two spaces;
    • in service entrances, construction sites, or spaces reserved for maintenance vehicles;
    • on the lawn, sidewalk, crosswalk, parking lot driveways, or straddling painted lines or bumper blocks;
    • when exceeding time in time limited areas or meters, or at malfunctioning meters;
    • in areas where permit is not valid;
    • over or adjacent to yellow lines or curves;
    • against the flow of traffic.
  8. Vehicles must be parked in a designated space. The fact that one vehicle is parked in such a manner as to occupy more than one parking space is not an acceptable excuse for another operator to do the same.
  9. Vehicles are not allowed in areas or spaces closed by barricades or other traffic control devices.
  10. Motorcycles and motor scooters shall not be parked in a building. All motorcycles must be parked in a designated space or area designated for motorcycle parking. The same rules pertain to motorcycles as to cars, but more than one motorcycle/moped/scooter may be parked in one regular parking space. A motorcycle or licensed scooter must have a valid University of Louisville parking permit to be parked on university property.  Non licensed scooter/moped must be parked at a bicycle rack.
  11. Bicycles must be parked legally at a bicycle rack. Bikes shall not be parked where they block handicap access, exits, fire lanes, or otherwise jeopardize public safety. Bicycles may be registered at ( at no charge. Abandoned bicycles are subject to impoundment even if they are parked in a legitimate space.
  12. Vehicle maintenance may not be performed on University property, other than emergency repairs and the Parking Office must be notified.
  13. Parking meters are located in certain areas and are available to visitors, students, and University faculty and staff. Meters are enforced 24 hours, 7 days per week or unless otherwise indicated at the location of the meter.
  14. Pay Parking lots are located in certain areas and are available to visitors, students, faculty and staff.   Floyd Street Parking Garage requires a valid University of Louisville permit or payment of $4.00 after 4:00 pm and on weekends.  $5 fee for special event parking.



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Visitor Parking

For all UofL faculty & staff who have guests coming to the university:

Please see the Visitor Parking Reservation Guidelines.

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